IRAN’S PROXY WAR IN YEMEN: THE INFORMATION WARFARE LANDSCAPE Cover Image

IRAN’S PROXY WAR IN YEMEN: THE INFORMATION WARFARE LANDSCAPE
IRAN’S PROXY WAR IN YEMEN: THE INFORMATION WARFARE LANDSCAPE

Author(s): Mariam Fekry, Can Kasapoglu
Contributor(s): Anna Reynolds (Editor)
Subject(s): Security and defense, Military policy, ICT Information and Communications Technologies, Geopolitics, Peace and Conflict Studies
Published by: NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence
Keywords: Geopolitics; Military policy; political warfare; Iran; Yemen; Information warfare; Houthi Militia;
Summary/Abstract: The Yemeni conflict has been witnessing essential information warfare and propaganda front. Since the beginning of the conflict, the Houthi movement has been aware of the importance of the internet. Notably, they avoid adopting an aggressive sectarian lexicon on social media. Instead, following drone and missile strikes, the Houthi-associated accounts frequently emphasize IRGC-assisted game-changing military capabilities. This focus seems to follow Iranian priorities in Yemen, namely promoting the militarized political movement and portraying it in a less sectarian but more patriotic and battle-hardened fashion. This approach likely emanates from the different characteristics of the Shia faith in Yemen compared with the rest of the Middle East.

  • Print-ISBN-13: 978-9934-564-68-0
  • Page Count: 29
  • Publication Year: 2020
  • Language: English